There are certain conversation topics that come with alarm bells. Just think about it for a moment; when some mentions President Obama, you know someone’s going to jump in and say, “ah, man, I miss that dude”, when someone mentions President Trump you know it will be followed by a chorus of sniggers, a tuts and/or bittersweet jokes and when you hear the words technology and sleep muttered in the same sentence, you know the bottom line is going to be negative.
But of course, it is.
Most of our bedroom technology habits are bad, yet we all keep the same routine: you put your pajamas on, you brush your teeth, you get into bed, you shake your head at your significant lover’s snoring prowess and then you start scrolling through Pinterest on your phone, somehow shocked by the fact you aren’t feeling sleepy, even though you are shining a bright blue light into your eyeballs from less than five-inches away. It’s madness, but it’s also pretty simple to see why technology and sleep are never spoken about in a good light. They just don’t get on with each other.
Or do they?
That’s right, sleep technology is the new big thing. Like really big. Like Pokemon Go big, just without the six-and-a-half minute lifespan.
And so, in the hope of sending you off to sleep in the best way possible, here are some of the gadgets that will introduce you to those forty winks you’ve been so desperate to meet:
- Even Beds Have Got Smart
Last year, the Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) went to a bed. Mmm hmmm, a bed. But even though the Sleep Number 360 might look normal with its four legs, one head and no feet, it is totally different and that’s because it provides its sleepers with biometric sleep tracking, which it then uses to create a better night’s sleep. Yeah, you read that right too. There are two air chambers that provide up-to-the-second adjustments to make sure you are as comfy as humanly possible. And that’s not all. It also has things like an in-built snore detector so that, should your louder-half set it off, the bed will automatically raise their head by seven degrees and shut them up. Oh, and to top it all off, there’s a toasty-feet function too, meaning no more cold toes when the heating switches off for the night. This thing really is incredible. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/YPpW1fKKYj0″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>
- No More Tossing And Turning
Apart from standing on an upturned plug on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night, there is nothing worse than being too hot when you’re trying to sleep; all that thrashing around like you’ve been caught in the jaws of a shark is as exhausting as it is frustrating. If this is you (probably not now, but in the summer months), then you need to get your hands on the Kryo Sleep Performance System, which is this Apple-looking “water-based, app-controlled cooling mattress topper” that makes sure your bed is always the perfect temperature for sleeping. We know what you are thinking: “Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing. How come it wasn’t invented before the spork? Seriously.”
- The Cool Side Of The Pillow
No one has the ability to get into bed, put their head on the pillow and then sleep all night without any adjustments. No one. And that’s because we’re all subconsciously obsessed with finding the elusive unicorn that is the Lenny Kravitz side of the pillow. The struggle has always been real but, as of now, so is the solution, and it’s called Moona. To the untrained eye, this is just another memory foam pillow. However, look a little closer (by which we mean: keep reading) and you’ll see this is a smart pillow that cools and heats a liquid to help you sleep. It’s crazy. At first, Moona slowly cools the liquid to help lower your body’s temperature and thus send you off to slumberville. Then it regulates your sleep to make sure your body is the perfect temperature to keep-on sleeping. And then, the piece de resistance, it engages its “wake-up setting”, in which it warms your body in preparation for you having to get up and out of bed. Coooool (for want of a better word).
- Start Smelling Sheep Instead
There are still loads and loads of people that think essential oils are reserved for hippies that need Mother Nature’s sweetest scents to soothe their souls when slipping off to sleep. But this isn’t the case. In fact, there is some pretty strong sciencey-type research that proves just how helpful oils can be in bringing about a better sleep. Cue the @aroma Sleep Sheep. If you want to be basic about it, yes, this is just a diffuser. But if you want to dress it up in a little romance, it is a diffuser shaped like a sheep that’s made from 100% wool-felt. So, like we said with our semi-witty subheading, it’s time you stopped counting sheep and started smelling ‘em.
- Snore The Merrier
If your mornings are spent a) listening to your partner telling you about how you sounded like a hungover hippopotamus yet again last night or b) you telling your partner that they had a right good snore on themselves, then you need to bring Nora to bed with you. Now, we know there are plenty of anti-snoring gadgets out there and that they all claim to be amazing, but this really is something special. For one, there are no tubes, nor is there a freaky cult-looking mask, and that has to be a plus. Instead, it has a wireless mic, an almost-silent pump and inflatable thingy that goes under your pillow. Then, the moment you start snoring, Nora gently inflates to raise your head up just enough to stop you snoring and, more importantly, change the breakfast conversation for the first time (although, it will probably just go from “you were snoring again last night” to “hey, you weren’t snoring last night”). Anyway, Nora is a total game-changer.